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Devon Luna Honored With 2006 Jordan Kocian Award

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
The Northern California Junior Hockey Association, (NORCAL), honors the memory of Jordan Kocian each year by presenting the Jordan Kocian Award to a final year Midget who exemplifies desire, determination, dedication, leadership and inspiration in their approach to playing hockey and living. The award is for accomplishments outside hockey as well as inside hockey, it is for older midget players who have been role models to their peers and given their time back to the game and exemplified the spirit of Jordan Kocian.

Jordan Kocian began his hockey career with the Berkeley Bear's. As a Midget, he played as a Junior Shark. He would be 30 today, but passed away in 1996 at the age of 21 from Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome, which causes an abnormal electrical conduction in the heart muscles. Those who knew Kocian have said that he touched their lives in a wonderful way.

The award has been presented at the Jordan Kocian Tournament which is held each year in Berkeley over New Years where the award has been presented in the past by Jordan’s parents, Lois and Craig Kocian, (2000). "This annual non-competitive event embodies the spirit Jordan Kocian had for giving back to the community. As a young adult he stayed active in guiding and coaching younger players.

The recipient of the Jordan Kocian Award for 2006 is Devon Luna of the Santa Clara Blackhawks Midget 18A team. The award was presented to Devon at the annual Jordan Kocian Tournament on New Years Eve, December 31, 2005, in Berkeley by the parents of Jordan Kocian, Lois and Craig Kocian. Devon clearly exhibited the qualities that are looked for in honoring the memory of Jordan Kocian whether it be the dedication to the sport of hockey, giving back to the game and the community or just generally exhibiting the exuberance for the sport of ice hockey and life in general.

Devon has been playing ice hockey for 7 years and is the goalie for the Santa Clara Blackhawks Midget 18 A team. The team is currently undefeated in NORCAL League play, which gives you an idea of the contribution he makes to the team. Devon has enjoyed sports throughout his life whether in roller hockey, high school volleyball or ice hockey. He is considered a team leader in the locker room with his positive comments and encouragement to his teammates and he sets a standard for his teammates with his work effort, his focus and dedication at practices. He is the first on the ice for his practices and the last one off. His dedication and commitment to the sport have caused him to improve to the point where he is clearly the number one goalie on the team and one of the best in the league.

Devon’s community service over the past 12 months is exemplary and includes building houses for the poor in Mexico with his high school classmates, arranging fund raising efforts for the Hurricane Relief effort in the Gulf States and working at a food kitchen with his family over the Thanksgiving Weekend to help the less fortunate. Devon is currently a freshman at San Jose State University and juggles a full school schedule with a job and his ice hockey and still finds times to work with younger goalies in the house league at the Cupertino Ice Center in the Vallco Shopping Center.

As the 2006 recipient of the award, Devon receives a plaque and in addition his name is engraved on the Jordan Kocian Award Perpetual Trophy that is on display at Berkeley Iceland year round.

Previous award winners include:
1997 Jason Rivera - Fresno AA
1998 Paul Margolis - Sacramento A
1999 Evin Cowen - Santa Rosa A
2000 John Wachter - Santa Rosa B
2001 Jordan Smith - Santa Rosa A
2004 Ryan Sweet – Stockton B
2004 Conor Foley – Cupertino A
2005 Andy Dickerson – San Jose A
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